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When Kansas City Has the Ball
It's been learned that quarterback Matt Cassel will miss the season with injury, opening the door for Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi at quarterback for the Chiefs. As sad as this is, it's a fitting end to a season that saw the loss of Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki and now Cassel.
The Chiefs will be in way over their heads against the New England defense. The Patriots clicked on Sunday against the New York Jets, shutting down an offense much better than the one they'll see this weekend.
The Chiefs' best chance is to spread the field and let the quarterback air it out. This will result in turnovers, but you can also hope to get a few deep passes behind a shaky New England secondary.
When New England Has the Ball
Tom Brady shouldn't lose sleep this week worrying about the Kansas City defense. Even with his old coach Romeo Crennel running the defense in Kansas City, there's nothing here to keep Brady from 300 yards and four touchdowns.
The Patriots tight ends should have a great day against the Chiefs minus Eric Berry. Both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will be able to find matchups as the Chiefs rush Tamba Hali and try to cover with stiff safeties and overmatched linebackers. One player who could keep up, Derrick Johnson, is needed to shut down the run. He may still match up in man coverage on one tight end.
No matter what the Chiefs scheme, New England isn't stopping until it reaches the playoffs.
Prediction: New England 45, Kansas City 13